Plus Size Fitness: PCOS, Goddess Dressing, Body Weight Workouts (Video)

I woke up on January 1st feeling really gross. My scalp was flaky and itchy due to an eczema flare up. My face was broken out, my period had been two days late (not a good sign for PCOS) and I had crazy swelling in my ankles. When I decided to take December off from my plus size fitness life, I assumed I’d gain weight but I didn’t anticipate the other ways I’d fall apart. I’m starting to realize that what I eat affects more than just my weight. After starting the January Jump Start with the #PSPfit girls, if I wasn’t 100% sure that clean eating is the best option for me, I am now. One week of clean…

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How To Prevent Ingrown Hairs & Shaving Bumps (My PCOS & Brazilian Wax Maintenance)

There I was, minding my own business in the grocery store on 116th street, when a woman approached me. “Excuse me, do you know about TendSkin?” I looked at her with a confused look on my face, which she took as a cue to continue. “TendSkin, it will help with those bumps,” she said with a kind smile and walked away. “Those bumps” were the ingrown hairs that I was battling as a result of managing the hirsutism (excess hair) that comes with having PCOS. As much as I hate that I have to deal with hirsutism, I’m thankful that I don’t have hair growing on my face/cheeks as other PCOS women do, that’s got to be really frustrating. Anyway, I…

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PCOS & #PSPfit

Today at 4pm EST, I’ll be doing a live #curvyconvo chat on about PCOS on twitter and facebook. PCOS stands for Polyciystic Ovarian Syndrome and a LOT of Plus Size Princesses have it, whether they know it or not. I have PCOS and I think its important to discuss it from time to time because there is often a connection between the syndrome and weight. My initial post on PCOS can be found here and a small debate about PCOS and weight can be found here, you can also click on the PCOS tag on the blog to see everything we’ve discussed so far. The conversation will continue this afternoon at 4pm, hopefully you’ll log on and share/ask questions. Now…

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PCOS Shaving & Dating

The other day at the gym, I was taking a boot camp class. As I fought my way through a three minute push-up session, I looked up at the girls in front of me. Both of them had on capri pants and both of them had super hairy legs. I’m not going to lie, I was a little jealous about their carefree attitude towards body hair. As a girl with Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome, I am obsessive when it comes to shaving. I’m constantly shaving or tweezing one part of my body or another and it can be exhausting! In the summer, I run through razors really fast between shaving my legs and everything else. Before I was dating someone, winter…

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40 Days No Bread Week One: PCOS

Its been one week since Ash Wednesday. One week into the Lenten Season. One week since I’ve had any bread. Giving up bread for Lent is something I’ve wanted to do before, but I was pretty sure that I would fail miserably. I’ve tried the jump start portion of the South Beach diet (where you don’t eat carbs for two weeks) and fell off the wagon in four days. For years I didn’t know why I needed carbs so much. Then when I was in high school I mentioned to my doctor that I only had my period every three months. That, combined with my weight and some other issues (that I’m not quite ready to discuss here) made her…

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I Tried Micro Needling. Here’s What Happened…

Let’s talk about skincare! I’ve been working really hard to feel good on the inside, now I’m looking at ways to feel good on the outside too. Whether it be taking part in the latest ‘skincare challenge,’ developing my own skincare routine, or simply drinking tons of water to keep my skin hydrated, I am constantly looking for new ways to take my skin to the next level. So I decided to give Microneedling a try!

Free Tampon Alert!

If I see something cool happening online, I’m never going to keep it from you, so I’m saying it loud right now in my best DJ Khaled voice *ahem* FREE TAMPON ALERT!! If you already know you want free tampons sent your way, click here to place your order. If you’re curious about why we’re talking tampons today, keep reading. Don’t use tampons? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered too. The other day I had some meetings, a TRX workout class and after that, a dinner where I wore my favorite pale blush colored kimono– I did all of this while on my period. As someone with PCOS, I’m grateful that I have a monthly period. I’m also grateful that…

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Brown Rice for Breakfast

So many of you were inspired by my Quinoa for Breakfast post, I thought I’d bring you a new healthy breakfast option, brown rice for breakfast! Why Brown Rice? Worlds Healthiest Foods sums it up well: The health benefits of brown rice continue with its fiber, which has been shown to reduce high cholesterol levels, one more way brown rice helps prevent atherosclerosis. Fiber also helps out by keeping blood sugar levels under control (PCOS girls, take note!) I am obsessed with this recipe because it’s super easy, customizable and delicious. For me, the toasted sesame oil is the secret flavor here, but I’ll let you try it out and decide for yourself. I’ll give you the rundown of how I made…

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3 Yummy Quinoa Breakfast Recipes

I always thought of quinoa as a savory dish. Something to be used as a rice alternative, but this week I tried quinoa for breakfast as an oatmeal alternative and, um… yum! I posted it on my instagram page and got questions about how to make quinoa for breakfast, so let’s talk about why we should be eating more quinoa and how to prepare it for breakfast! By the way, Quinoa is pronounced: Keen-Wah, if you’re wondering. For those of us with PCOS, we want to avoid carbs from sweets, white bread, pasta, rice, etc. If we can swap those with carbos that stabilize blood sugar like sprouted grains, brown rice and quinoa it becomes easier to manage our insulin resistance, weight and…

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Dear CeCe: I’m Ready to Get Healthy… Where do I Start?

Hey CeCe! I’ve been battling with my weight for years now, along with pcos and hypothyroidism. Every time i get started, I end up giving in to what my body wants rather than needs. What made you look in the mirror & decide to do what you’ve done? -Hayley (via Twitter) Hi Hayley! For me, “getting healthy” is not a single decision that is made once in the mirror. Getting healthy is a series of tiny decisions made over and over again throughout my day. Consistent tiny decisions helped me lose 55 pounds and more importantly, got me to a better place with my PCOS, irregular periods, eczema, acne, etc. Extreme dieting makes me feel isolated, like I can’t go anywhere but the…

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